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Executive Director (Pathlight)

Company: Pathlight
Location: Springfield, MA

Executive Director

Springfield, MA


Founded in 1952 by five mothers of young children with developmental disabilities, Pathlight was the first organization in Hampden County dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. Since its inception, Pathlight has continued to pioneer innovative programs designed to meet emerging needs. Family Based Living (originally called Specialized Home Care) was founded in 1974. This was the first program in Massachusetts to recruit families to open their homes for children and adults moving out of institutions. The program was replicated statewide and evolved into the shared-living model that is popular today. Later, Pathlight created group homes for developmentally disabled people with complex medical needs, some of whom had spent years in nursing homes having their medical needs met, but little or none of their life needs met.

Today, Pathlight serves all of western Massachusetts providing for the evolving needs of those in the community with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout their lives. Whether enrichment and skill-building classes or educational advocacy, employment support or the creation of a home, Pathlight seeks always to help each individual realize their fullest potential.

Pathlight seeks an experienced, proven, and effective senior leader who is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs. This entrepreneurial individual will bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook; the ability to garner broad internal and external support; extraordinary success creating strong, effective, collaborative teams; sound business, financial and management acumen; the propensity to increase the visibility and philanthropic resources for the organization; and the fortitude to carry forward major new projects and initiatives in the interest of spurring further growth. 

Above all, the executive will have experience shaping a culture that embodies the core values and mission of Pathlight. The candidate will inspire staff, Board, partners, and those served by Pathlight and will approach the role, particularly in the current environment, with flexibility, creativity, integrity, empathy, and compassion for all engaged with Pathlight. A good listener, the successful candidate will lead through influence and collaboration and always adhere to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs in decision-making. 

With a strong focus on planning and management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership developing a compelling and inspired vision and mobilizing the organization in its achievement. Experience nurturing a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence among staff is desired.  A proven track record of successful strategies to identify, recruit and retain talent is essential. The ability to lead employees in multiple locations as an effective team of closely coordinated, highly professional, and accountable staff members is a must.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated management acumen utilizing sound business principles. The preferred candidate will understand and be knowledgeable of current and possible future policies, practices, and trends affecting the organization.  Given the diversity of revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of successful financial management, as well as negotiating large, complex agreements. Experience with board governance, development, management, and engagement is also preferred.    

A strong communications style, both verbal and written, and the ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents including elected officials, municipal, state and federal bureaucracies, businesses, civic groups, donors, regulators, and other advocates, is required.  Possessing superior political savvy, they will have experience maneuvering through complex political situations effectively, anticipating challenges and planning their approach accordingly.   

A bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is a plus. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional associations and continuing education and professional development is a plus.   

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3rJGjkB (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about Pathlight, visit https://www.pathlightgroup.org/